The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday confirmed Budapest (Hungary), Hamburg (Germany), Los Angeles (United States), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy) as the candidates for the 2024 Olympic Games. (Read more sports stories here)
IOC president Thomas Bach said there were five "outstanding cities" in the race for the Summer Games, reports Xinhua. "We are welcoming five outstanding and highly qualified candidate cities," said Bach in a statement.
"Olympic Agenda 2020 has shaped the candidature process more as an invitation and the cities have responded by engaging with the IOC through dialogue and cooperation."
"In the new invitation process, the IOC learnt that all the candidates are embracing Olympic Agenda 2020 from their respective vision for the future of their city. Sustainability and legacy are the cornerstones of each candidature," he added.
The IOC will select the host city at its session in Peru in 2017.